Serial Shooter Sought In Highway Attacks

Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 2:04pm

Investigators believe same person is to blame for string of California shotgun attacks.

California investigators believe the gunman who blasted bird-shot into a Honda on the Harbor Freeway in Carson last Thursday is a repeat offender.

They blame him for five shootings in the Carson area since April 18 - two on vehicles on the freeway, two on vehicles traveling surface streets, and one on a female pedestrian who was shot in the arm.

Bird-shot, a small pellet meant for hunting game birds, can cause painful, if not life-threatening injuries when fired in a load.

The wave began on April 18 when the woman was struck.

In the next three incidents, bird-shot struck vehicles without breaking glass or causing injury, and the drivers were not sure what happened until they arrived home.

So far two people have been injured in the shootings - a 21-year-old man driving a Honda on the 110 Freeway being the most severe.

Police said his head was grazed by the bird-shot, sending him to the hospital for two days.

"It concerns me,” said resident Dennis Johnson. “I try to stay away from that area until they figure out who this idiot is."

California Highway Patrol responded to the latest freeway case, have teamed up with LA Sheriffs in Carson.

"We had two shootings last week, three in all in Carson,” said Det. Shawn Young, LA Sheriffs Department. “All involving a shotgun, bird-shot type of pellets that were striking the vehicles that we're investigating."

No matter his motives, locals said they want this gunman caught.

"We don't need to deal with people taking potshots at poor people trying to make a way,” said resident Jay Jones.

Detectives said some witnesses were able to get a good look at the suspect.

They’re looking for a heavy-set Hispanic man in his mid-twenties or early thirties.

He was described as having a shaved head and a tattoo on the back of his head.

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